Graduate Calendar Archives: 2003 / 2004
Cognitive ScienceInstitute of Interdisciplinary Studies
Dunton Tower 2216
Telephone: (613) 520-2368
Fax: (613) 520-3985
Director of the Institute: Andrew Brook
Director of the Cognitive Science Doctoral Program: Robert Stainton
The Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies offers a program of study and research leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science.
The Schools of Computer Science, Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, and the departments of Psychology and Philosophy participate in the doctoral program.
The program offers two fields of study:
The field of language and cognition includes the following sub-fields: linguistic theory, psycholinguistics, linguistic methodology, philosophy of language, the mind's processing of language, acquisition of language and other symbolic systems, memory and language, text analysis, computational linguistics, natural language processing, and alternative architectures.
The field of representation and learning includes the following sub-fields: the mind's cognitive resources and how it uses them, memory, vision, attention, the psychophysics and neural foundations of cognition, philosophical theories of representation, history of cognitive science, evolutionary approaches to cognition, knowledge representation, computer simulations of memory constraints, expert systems, case-based systems, genetic algorithms, heuristic theorems, neural networks, support systems for cognitive processes, and machine learning.
Members of the Cognitive Science Doctoral Program
The requirements for admission into the Ph.D. program is a master's degree (or the equivalent) from one of the participating disciplines, an Honours degree from a participating discipline, a combined Honours degree (or the equivalent) from two of the participating disciplines or an Honours degree in cognitive science. Students with an Honours bachelor's degree from another discipline with a significant focus on cognition may also apply.
Normally, a substantial proportion of an applicant's work will have been in natural and/or artificial cognition.
Applicants with a master's degree are normally admitted to a 10.0 credit program while applicants with a bachelor's degree are admitted to a 15.0 credit program.
Students who are eligible for admission to the 10.0 credit program but who have deficiencies may be required to take additional courses. In some circumstances, these students will be admitted to the 15.0 credit program.
An average of A- or better in relevant courses is normally required.
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate a fluent knowledge of English. This is normally satisfied by passing a TOEFL test with a score of 580 or better. (See the Proficiency in English section in the General Regulations of this Calendar.)
Before admission, a candidate must submit a description of his or her proposed area of thesis research and a member of the core faculty must indicate in writing that he or she is willing to supervise the student.
Program requirements for the Ph.D. degree are outlined in the General Regulations section of this Calendar.
All doctoral students must successfully complete:
In addition, students in the 15.0 credit doctoral program in cognitive science must successfully complete:
To enter the final 10.0 credits of the program, students must complete these courses with B+ or better. Students with a strong background in any of these required areas may apply to be exempted.
Any student planning to complete a dissertation with an applied cognitive emphasis is required to work for at least one term at a facility approved by the student's research supervisor and the Director of the Cognitive Science Program. Such a facility may include any institution, governmental laboratory, corporation, hospital or educational centre that is conducting research in the area of the student's specialization. Students should complete this work while registered in either the Comprehensive Examination (CGSC 6905) or the Ph.D. Thesis (CGSC 6909).
The comprehensive examination consists of three parts. Each part must be completed in a different participating discipline (Psychology, Computer Science, Linguistics and Applied Language Studies or Philosophy). Under special circumstances another discipline may be substituted.
The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to provide a student with background in a number of approaches to cognition adequate for his or her thesis.
The comprehensive examination is graded as Passed with Distinction/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. If any part is graded Unsatisfactory, the student may resubmit the final assignment only one time.
As part of preparation for the comprehensive examination, the student must spend one term in a laboratory or other research venue in each of the three chosen disciplines.
A thesis committee is created prior to completion of the comprehensive examination. The committee is comprised of the thesis supervisor, one faculty member from outside the department, one other member of the core faculty and the director of the program, ex officio.
Normally students will conduct the research for their thesis in the research facilities of their supervisor.
A thesis proposal, prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the thesis supervisor's discipline, must be defended at an oral examination.
The thesis must be defended at an oral examination.
All Ph.D. candidates must be registered full-time in a minimum of six terms to satisfy the residence requirement (nine terms in the case of a 15.0 credit program).
A second language is required when relevant to the student's program of research. Whether a second language is required and the level of proficiency expected will be determined at the time of admission based on the student's description of his or her proposed area of thesis research.
Guidelines for Completion of the Ph.D. Degree
All students must complete CGSC 6800 and normally will complete the required 2.0 credits within three terms of beginning the final 10.0 credits of the program. CGSC 6900 must be completed within six terms of beginning the final 10.0 credits of the program.
The first part of the comprehensive examination must be completed by the end of the fourth term after beginning the 10.0 credit program or the final 10.0 credits of the 15.0 credit program. The remaining two parts must be completed within an additional two terms.
Students in the 10.0 credit doctoral program will normally complete the degree in twelve terms of full-time study. Students in the 15.0 credit doctoral program will normally complete the degree in fifteen terms of full-time study.
Course Designation System
Carleton's course designation system has been restructured. The first entry of each course description below is the new alphanumeric Carleton course code, followed by its credit value in brackets. The old Carleton course number (in parentheses) is included for reference, where applicable.
The purpose of an area seminar is to offer an advanced survey of one of the four participating disciplines.
Selection of Courses in Related Disciplines
Students may register in courses in the area of cognition offered by any of the participating departments, including Computer Science, Psychology, Linguistics, and Philosophy. Students may also register in courses offered by the University of Ottawa, subject to the General Regulations. Please note that not all courses are offered every year and some courses have limited enrolment. Students are advised to consult the Institute for scheduling details.
Courses with a four-letter prefix are Carleton University courses; those with a three-letter prefix are University of Ottawa courses.